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Favourite Draws Favourably For Queen's Plate

Tuesday, 7th January 2014

Top-flight South African galloper Jackson (Dynasty-Moonlit Prairie, by Cozzene) has drawn favourably in barrier eight for the R1 million L'Ormarins Queen's Plate (1600m) at Kenilworth this Saturday, reports goldcircle.co.za. The 5YO son of Dynasty, who was runner-up in the event last year and is likely to start favourite this year, impressed when resuming with a fine second behind the Mike de Kock-trained Welwitschia in the Gr2 Diadem Stakes (1200m) on December 28. Jackson is rated 3.5kg clear of the next highest rated horse in Saturday's field, the Sean Tarry-trained Whiteline Fever, who has drawn the outside barrier in the field of 14. Red Ray, third to Elusive Gold in the Gr1 Cape Guineas just before Christmas, is the only 3YO in the field. He is trained by Joey Ramsden who won last year's renewal with Variety Club as well as the 2005 and 2006 editions with Winter Solstice. Red Ray will be aided by champion jockey Anton Marcus who has won the race on five previous occasions, including Variety Club last year and top stallion Jet Master in 1999 and 2000. The richly talented Australian-bred gelding Royal Zulu Warrior (Mossman-Dark Blue, by Wallenda), winner of six of his 12 career starts, will jump from barrier 12 in his bid for his first Gr1 victory.

1.       JACKSON (B Crawford) G Hatt 60kg (8)

2.       WHITELINE FEVER (S G Tarry) G Lerena 60kg (14)

3.       CAPETOWN NOIR (D Kannemeyer) K Neisius 60kg (1)

4.       ROYAL ZULU WARRIOR (K Naidoo) A Delpech 60kg (12)

5.       ICE MACHINE (D Kannemeyer) K Shea 60kg (7)

6.       JET EXPLORER (S J Snaith) R Fourie 60kg (11)

7.       KING OF PAIN (J Ramsden) B Fayd'Herbe 60kg (2)

8.       YORKER (G V Woodruff) R Fradd 60kg (3)

9.       LAKE ARTHUR (Y Govender) A Domeyer 60kg (4)

10.     CHAVE DE OURA (D R Drier) S Cormack 60kg (5)

11.     NO WORRIES (G H Van Zyl) P Strydom 60kg (13)

12.     CASTLETHORPE (M W Bass) G van Niekerk 60kg (10)

13.     CORREDOR (G R Puller) A Fortune 60kg (6)

14.     RED RAY (J Ramsden) A Marcus 55kg (9)

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